Mike Jensen/FITNESS MagazineBy Hallie Levine Sklar
Ever wonder if your diet is missing something? Add our expert-approved, eat-right picks to stay lean, healthy, and strong.
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The "Skinny" Steak
Red meat has a bad rap. The thing is, it really is good for you. Ideally, go for a cut that is both lean and grass-fed. A recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that meat from grass-fed cows usually has more conjugated linoleic acid (which has been shown in animal studies to combat cancer) and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than the grain-fed variety. Plus, meat from grass-fed cows is lower in total fat and calories. As long as your serving is a lean cut, such as tenderloin, feel free to make this smart choice two or three times a week, says Jonny Bowden, PhD, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.
Shopping shortcut: "Look for meat that is clearly labeled 100 percent grass-fed," Bowden says. ("Organic" doesn't guarantee the cows didn't have
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Want to lose all your friends once you're married? Torture them with a list of "ground rules" to follow six months before your wedding. On Thursday, a weary tipster coming off active duty as "bridesmaid" supplied Gawker with an email from the bride, outlining a 10-point list of unbelievably selfish demands for the people who cared enough to stand in her wedding. Brides-to-be, take note for the subtle clues you're a bridezilla in the making. -By Elise Sole
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10 Foods That Fight CelluliteBy Noelia Trujillo
You know what cellulite looks like--cottage cheese, anyone?--but you may not know what it is exactly. As fat cells accumulate and expand beneath skin, they push against tissue, causing an uneven appearance "commonly found on the hips, thighs, buttocks and back of arms," says osteopathic physician Robert A. Kominiarek, DO. But you don't need to stay inside during swimsuit season or avoid clingy clothing. Adding the right foods and drinks to your diet can reduce cellulite. Munch your way to a smoother-looking body with these nutritious picks. Photo by Getty Images.
Reel in a serving of this healthy catch. It's rich in antioxidants, which break down fat cells in cellulite, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. The omega-3 fatty acids also in salmon "reduce appetite and low-level inflammation and repair and strengthen skin tissue and fibers," says Lori L. Shemek, PhD, aRead More »from 10 Foods that Fight Cellulite
Queens Librarian Susan Scatena really wants children to read - so she enlisted the help of an alligator to get her point across. Scatena recently challenged 300 neighborhood kids to collectively finish at least 4,000 books over the summer. In return, Scatena, who works at the Whitestone branch, agreed to read a storybook to a six-foot gator named Wally, on loan from a local reptile trainer, while hundreds of children looked on last week. The stunt is just the latest in a yearly contest to get kids to read over the summer. "I'm not your typical librarian who wears a bun," Scatena told Yahoo Shine. "I want kids to think of library as cool." Here are some of her persuasion tactics. -By Elise Sole
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Is grain bad for your brain?Imagine a piece of whole-grain toast slathered in butter- which part of that do you consider to be healthy? For many years the answer has been the whole-grain bread, but Grain Brain, a new book published this past Tuesday by neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D., argues that we'd all be better off chucking the bread and just eating a stick of butter for breakfast.
Perlmutter says that contrary to popular belief, while we definitely require protein and fat, "the human requirement for dietary carbohydrate is none, none whatsoever." Not only do we not need them, he says that they're killing us, calling carbs "the brain's silent killers."
The book is based on his years of extensive research and private practice as a neurologist in Florida. After years of frustration trying to help patients with all types of cognitive impairments, he finally came to the conclusion that modern medicine tends to focus on treating symptoms, not the underlying disease process.
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Never mind the A few years ago, it was Michelle Obama's arms that had women everywhere obsessed. Everyone wanted those toned, strong-looking arms. But lately, I've been seeing the term "thigh gap" thrown around constantly - as in, the gap between a woman's thighs because her legs don't touch when she stands with her feet together. Some women and girls are looking at the thigh gap as the pinnacle of thin perfection; a goal to aim for or a measure of dieting success or failure. Simply search for "thigh gap" on the Internet, and you'll find pictures of the thigh gap being used as "thinspiration" everywhere. But the thigh gap as inspiration trend has gotta go, for a few reasons.Read More »from Doctors Prove the "Thigh Gap" Has Nothing to Do with Thinness
First, it's nearly impossible for many women to achieve a thigh gap. I was watching The Doctors last week when Dr. Travis Stork brought up the issue of the thigh gap. He found two women for this demonstration: one was a size 6 with a thigh gap, and the other was a size 0 without a thigh gap. X-rays of their hips showed that it's
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How far would you go to keep technology out of your home? I don't mean for a day or a weekend or on National Day of Unplugging. I mean forever!Read More »from How Far Would You Go to Keep Technology Out of Your Home?
Could you possibly live without constantly checking your social networks on your smartphone?
Would you be able to give up Netflix, your laptop, tablet, cordless phone, Wi-Fi, and DVR?
I have personally struggled with the concept of disconnecting and not allowing technology to take over my life. Over the years, I have found myself not paying full attention to what is in front of me because I am too distracted with my devices. And the result of this is not being fully present in the lives of my kids, and the thought of that absolutely shatters my heart.
I know my family isn't alone in our struggles. I am sure other families struggle with finding a balance between technology and life, including a Canadian couple who saw the effects modern technology was having on their family and decided to act.
Blair McMillan and his girlfriend Morgan noticed their sons, Trey, 5, and Denton, 2 were spending more
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We all know there are so many good reasons to work out. It helps your heart and bones stay strong, keeps you more flexible, increases endurance, helps maintain weight, and gives you more energy - not to mention bragging rights when you can beat someone in an arm wrestling match. Unfortunately, the list of excuses to skip workouts is almost as long. We're too tired, too busy, too stressed, too broke. It's too hot or too cold. It's like we're the Goldilocks of the workout world, looking for workout conditions that are just right. But with hectic schedules, it's rare that that perfect moment comes. There's always a road block making it tough, but that doesn't mean we can't overcome workout obstacles. Even the most motivated can fall victim to workout excuses. But with enough practice, you get better at getting motivated. I've had a lot of practice with small setbacks. My gym provides up to two hours of daycare for my kids each day. Sounds too good to be true, right? It is. Especially whenRead More »from Busted! 7 Over-Used Excuses for Skipping Your Workout
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Even technophobes can benefit from training with a heart rate monitor. "It answers that eternal question of how fast is fast and how slow is slow," says Roy Benson, a running coach and coauthor of Heart Rate Training. Here's how to plug in and teach your old jog new tricks.
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Meet Your Max
First, you need a yardstick for gauging your intensity level. Use this formula to find your maximum heart rate, or how many times your heart beats per minute (bpm) when you're going full throttle.
206 - (your age) x 0.88 = ____ bpm
So if you're 26, that's 180 x 0.88 = 158 bpm.
Get in the Zone
Now you can calculate your intensity as a percentage of your maximum heart rate rather than guessing how hard you're going. Using your device, aim for the bpm percentage ranges below, based on the type of workout you're hankering for.
60% to 75%
Light to moderate intensity: An easy sing-if-you-want pace for building
These little hints are your body's way of nudging you toward good healthNot long ago, my husband and three of our kids went charging up Mount Katahdin--think of it as New England's mini Mount Everest. I'd spent months hiking with friends to make sure I was in shape and, at the start, hustled to keep pace with our teenagers as we hauled ourselves up the steep boulders. But within a couple of hours I was straggling; they leapt past me like giddy mountain goats while I carefully picked my way up the rocks.Read More »from 6 Things Your Body's Trying to Tell You
Was I disappointed? Actually, no. I felt smart. My 40-something body was telling me how to protect it from injury--and my hips and feet thanked me later. It turns out that our bodies routinely transmit this evolving wisdom, gently steering us away from activities or indulgences we can no longer tolerate to ones that will ensure continued good health.
Here are six other things your body's trying to tell you.
1. When you're dehydrated
Over the course of a lifetime, our kidneys, which transport water to our tissues, gradually lose a bit of their efficiency.
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